Montana January 10, 2017
9 Hikes In Montana For Mere Mortals That Lead To Mystifying Destinations
Some Montanans are seasoned hikers, scaling steep hills and trekking through canyons like it’s nothing. And then there are the rest of us, the mere mortals who prefer hikes to be a little more realistic. If you enjoy the great outdoors but you’re more of a novice than a pro, these trails are for you.
1. Redrock Falls, Glacier National Park
You'll find this 3.5 mile trail near East Glacier, and it's a nice, easy path with plenty of enchanting scenery. Because it's an easier hike, it gets busy during the summer, so go early if you want to avoid the crowd.
2. Cap Rock Trail, Makoshika State Park
The most popular trail in Makoshika State Park is about 2.5 miles in length and takes you past the beautiful badlands you'll only find in Eastern Montana.
3. Drinking Horse Trail, Gallatin National Forest
To take in some seriously beautiful views of Bozeman and Bridger Canyon, hike this 2.2 mile trail.
4. Phipps Park Trail, Billings
This scenic trail is perfect for both humans and horses... and at 3 miles in length, it's an easy hike. The first part involves a steep incline, but the rest of it is much easier.
5. Main Rattlesnake Trail, Missoula
This beautiful trail is open year round, and it's great for all skill levels. The main trail splits off into several different side trails, so this hike can be as short or as long as you'd like it to be.
6. Virginia Falls, Glacier National Park
This 3 mile trail takes you to a stunning waterfall and is more of a stroll than a hike, but it's so scenic that you'll want to walk slowly.
7. Skookum Butte, Nezperce National Forest
This hike does involve quite an uphill climb, but the views on this 3 mile trail are totally worth it. If you go during summer, you'll see some beautiful wildflowers.
8. Chicago Peak & Cliff Lake Trail, Kaniksu National Forest
You'll find this 3 mile trail in the Cabinet Wilderness, and you'll be amazed by the views of the alpine lake and peaks. You've got a good chance of seeing wildlife in this area, so be prepared.
9. Beehive Creek Trail, Gallatin National Forest
This 1.5 mile out and back trail is somewhat of a hidden gem located near Ennis, though you'll feel like you're a million miles away from everything.
Montana has so many stunning trails to choose from.
These hikes are all under 5 miles.